IBM has announced two programmes that help organisations and IT professionals engage in online collaboration.
The programmes are designed to help developers and business partners uncover the value of social networking to collaborate, generate news ideas and advance business opportunities, said IBM.
With more than 5.8 million members, IBM’s developers and business partners represent a major group that can take advantage of social networking technology, popularised by consumer websites such as MySpace.
IBM developerWorks community spaces is a new resource that allows developers to tap into a global network, to build communities around a broad range of technology topics and business trends, including software-as-a-service, service-oriented architecture(SOA) and technology mash-ups.
IBM Lotus Connections for Partners is another technology resource that allows IBM business partners to create and share profile information that describes their business, find subject matter experts, and share online information through social book marking and blogging.
This platform is based on the IBM Lotus Connections messaging platform, the integrated social software offering for businesses.
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